Nominees for the 2024 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards

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YWCA Metro Vancouver has announced the 106 nominees for the 41st Women of Distinction Awards, presented by Scotiabank. Tickets for the awards gala May 13th are now on sale.

2024 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Nominees

41st Annual Awards Evening

  • Date: Monday, May 13, 2024 
  • Time: 5:00pm to 9:30pm 
  • Venue: The Westin Bayshore (1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: Available now. Early-bird rates, available until Sunday, March 31st: $295 per person; $2,950 for a table of 10. Starting April 1st, ticket prices will increase to $325 per person and $3,250 for a table of 10. 

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards Nominees

Read more about each nominee online.

Click here to view the list of nominees:

Arts, Culture & Design

  • Afuwa
  • Angela Elster M.S.M.
  • Bonnie Mah
  • Catherine Winder
  • Jag Nagra
  • Jennica Grienke
  • Judith Pyke
  • Marn Norwich
  • Naina Grewal
  • Nalini Bhui
  • Orene Askew (DJ O Show) 
  • Rosa Quintana Lillo
  • Sandeep Johal

Business & the Professions

  • Carol Mills
  • Daphne Bramham
  • Devon Thompson
  • Emily Kerr
  • Grace Chiu
  • Hayley Woodin Hastings
  • Heather Wilson
  • Jennifer Cudlipp, CPA, CGA
  • Karen Dosanjh
  • Katerina Anastasiadis
  • Lisa Clark
  • Lisa Oleson
  • Lorna Nimmons
  • Mariat Jibril
  • Sarah Hoffman
  • Dr. Yabome ‘Satia’ Gilpin-Jackson

Community Champion

  • Carmen Stossel
  • Christina Wong
  • Irene Dorsman
  • Joanna Jagger
  • Me-An Laceste
  • Michelle Di Tomaso
  • Raheil Moradi
  • Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan
  • Vivien Jean Symington

Education, Training & Development

  • Dr. Awneet Sivia
  • Dr. Carolyn Gilbert
  • Julie Walchli  
  • Dr. Lynne Tomlinson 
  • Dr. Tamara Shenkier
  • V. Victoria Shroff, KC

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

  • Geena Jackson (Tsetasiya)
  • Jessica Regan
  • Mia Fiona Kut
  • Nancy Wingham

Environmental Sustainability

  • Alisha Lettman
  • Christine Mallier
  • Heather Keith
  • Dr. Louise St. Pierre
  • Dr. Love-Ese Chile
  • Dr. Melissa Lem

Health & Wellness

  • Dr. Amy Salmon
  • Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman
  • Dr. Julie Wilson
  • Dr. Kathleen Ross
  • Dr. Laura Housden
  • Dr. Maryam Zeineddin
  • Dr. Natalie Chan
  • Pauline Martin
  • Ramya Hosak
  • Tiara Abuedochi Cash
  • Vivian Eliopoulos


  • Carleen Pauliuk
  • Chelsea Minhas
  • Christine Buchanan
  • Fatima Hassam
  • Irene Elhaimer
  • Maria Howard
  • Nicole Taylor
  • Dr. Renee Fernandez
  • Seema Tripathi 

Reconciliation In Action

  • Denise Mullen
  • kihci têpakohp iskotêw iskwêw (Emily Henry) 
  • Lauren Kelly
  • Marie Babisky
  • Marissa Nobauer
  • Mary Gerges
  • Rhonda Larrabee
  • Sarah McIntosh

Research, the Sciences & Technology

  • Dr. Elizabeth Rohrs
  • Forum Bhanshali
  • Dr. Jacquelyn Cragg
  • Dr. Joanie Sims Gould
  • Dr. Shazhan Amed
  • Dr. Xiaoxiao Li

Young Woman of Distinction

  • Balqees Jama
  • Chloe Goodison
  • Hemanya Sharma
  • Stephanie Quon

Outstanding Workplace

  • Fairware Promotional Products
  • Genus Capital Management
  • Global BC
  • Microserve
  • Parq Vancouver
  • Prospera Credit Union
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Sage
  • Scotiabank
  • Securiguard
  • Terra Nova Medical Clinics
  • Transportation Investment Corporation
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Wind Sun Sky Entertainment

Get your tickets today and celebrate these women who have had a positive impact in our community.

Vote – Connecting the Community

In addition to the award category in which they are nominated, all individual nominees are eligible to win the Connecting the Community Award – the only award category where the recipient is selected by public vote. Each nominee has chosen a YWCA area that is important to her for a chance to donate $10,000, courtesy of Scotiabank, to the YWCA program of her choice.

YWCA Connecting the Community Award

Follow the YWCA of Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

YWCA Metro Vancouver is dedicated to achieving women’s equality. Their mission is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, since 2010.

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